Positive signs from the Traffinz Conference

This is a guest post from Waitemata Local Board Chair Pippa Coom. She attended the annual TRAFINZ conference last week. TRAFINZ represents local authority views on road safety and traffic management in New Zealand.  Change is coming to NZ – we just have to be brave World renowned road safety strategist Dr Matts- Åke Belin has found himself in New Zealand at the worst of times and the best of times for sharing the proven success of “Vision Zero” (the approach to road safety summarised as no loss of life on the roads is acceptable).…
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Time to replace our failed safety strategy

Since 2010, the NZTA have had 10-year road safety strategy called Safer Journeys. The Safer Journeys website describes it as: Safer Journeys is the government’s strategy to guide improvements in road safety over the period 2010 to 2020. The strategy’s vision is a safe road system increasingly free of death and serious injury and introduces the Safe System approach to New Zealand.…
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Quay St: Oh Yeah

Off-road cycle routes are great, but I love on-street ones even more, as they are real city changers. Both of course are required and required to be interconnected, but for today, here’s a celebration of the Quay St on-street cycle lanes, an important step towards a network: Quay Sy Cyclelanes 01 Quay St Cyclelanes 02 Quay St Cyclelanes 03 Quay St Cyclelanes 04 Looking forward to this route being connected to the Nelson St on-street cyclelanes, the SkyPath, and Tamaki Drive.…
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The Ideology of Traffic

Sometimes we come across something that is so perfect and so timely that it just needs repeating as it is. This is one of those times. The following post by Charles Marohn is lifted in its entirety from StrongTowns.orgThe Ideology of Traffic by Charles MarohnThe greatest accomplishment of any ideology is to not be considered an ideology; to be a belief system that is not considered a belief system.…
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Could Morningside Drive Level Crossing be Closed?

Morningside Level Crossing Incident After another unfortunate incident at Morningside Level Crossing, once again questions have been asked of our level crossings. Morningside Level Crossing alongside Walters Rd in Takanini have achieved a sense of infamy over the years, some incidents have been covered below in the media, and as anyone who with any HSEQ background will know for each Incident there will be countless more Near Misses.…
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Sunday reading 5 June 2016

Welcome back to Sunday reading this long weekend. We start this week with a borrowed slide explaining the way that the quality of your city’s Transit system controls the quality of your driving commute:This explains what’s wrong with current expansion of SH16 and the completion of the Western Ring Route.…
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Let’s ban everything dangerous, like walking

This week, the Herald on Sunday published an article calling out a dangerous new practice: walking under the influence of a smartphone. According to them, careless walking causes literally dozens of injuries a year and should possibly be criminalised: Now legislation has been introduced in New Jersey that would slap a US$50 ($72) fine and possible jail time on pedestrians caught using phones while they cross.…
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